The Health Foundation and BMJ seek to appoint a new Editor in Chief to lead this successful
journal in the next stage of its development. Applicants should have international stature in the
field of quality and healthcare improvement, a distinguished publication record, and editorial
The successful candidate(s) will recognise the need to engage the journal’s audiences
at all levels and develop its content and global reach.
They will establish a vision that continues the momentum created by the current editorial team,
advance the journal’s international reputation and profile, and provides engaging and informed
content. They will be excited by and able to adapt to new opportunities in the rapidly changing
scholarly publishing environment. They will also be driven to publish research that has a tangible
impact on the quality of patient care.
We encourage single or joint applications from researchers from a range of clinical and non-
clinical backgrounds. We will appoint the best candidate(s), geography is not a barrier and joint
applicants do not need to work in the same institution.
The Editor(s) report directly to the management committee of the journal consisting of senior
representatives from the Health Foundation and BMJ. They will have responsibility for the
editorial strategy and content of BMJ Quality & Safety, with support from their appointed
editorial team, and both organisations. Editorial training and technical support will be provided,
together with strategic guidance. An annual stipend and other benefits are provided, as well as
experienced editorial office support. The Editor(s) should expect to spend approximately 15-20
hours per week between them for journal related activities but this will depend on the structure
of the senior editorial team.
About BMJ Quality & Safety
BMJ Quality & Safety is a leading international peer-reviewed journal in the field with an impact
factor of 7.043 (2018 Journal Citation Reports®, Clarivate Analytics). It provides a rich mix of
research, opinion, debate and news for academics, clinicians, healthcare managers and policy
makers. It publishes research that makes a real difference to frontline healthcare delivery. It is an
interdisciplinary journal that meets the demand for rigorous reporting and new thinking on
initiatives to improve the quality of healthcare. The journal integrates the academic and clinical
aspects of quality and safety in healthcare, by encouraging academics to create evidence and
knowledge that clinicians value, and clinicians to value using evidence and knowledge in their
efforts to improve quality.
● Provide the highest possible quality of content that augments the knowledge, impact and
practice of healthcare professionals, policy makers and others involved in the field
● Develop and maintain an internationally relevant and coherent strategy and vision for the
● Provide leadership for the senior editorial team
● Respond proactively to a rapidly changing publishing environment and develop a vision
for the journal that responds to these challenges
● Build a supportive team of highly qualified international colleagues to serve as members
of the editorial board
● Maintain and ensure the integrity of the review process and publishing ethics providing
guidance to authors and reviewers as appropriate
● Encourage submissions of the best articles
● Develop procedures for effective triage and review of articles to ensure timely and
excellent support is maintained for authors and reviewers
● Add value to the journal by commissioning editorials, reviews and related content and
features that serve the interests of the community
● Supervise the journal’s response to appeals, complaints, suggestions from readers and
ethical problems regarding published work
Benefits of being an Editor for a BMJ Journal
● Competitive annual honorarium
● Annual networking Editors’ Retreat at BMA House with all BMJ Journal Editors
● Attendance at the Medical Editors’ training course in Oxford, UK or online for non-UK
● Full training and support; from publishing processes to social media
● The chance to shape the field and play a role in the development of the specialty
● Have a positive effect on the careers of fellow researchers
● Interact with the latest research from scientists based all over the world
● Free subscription to the Journal
● Access to exclusive BMJ content, including The BMJ and BMJ Learning
How to apply
● Your CV (resume) addressing clinical/academic, publication and relevant editorial
● A letter outlining your thoughts on the strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats for
the journal (a basic analysis of the journal and its competitors)
● Your vision and ambitions for the journal in the next 5 years
Applications (or requests for further information) should be sent to: Ms Jennifer Thomas,
Publishing Executive, firstname.lastname@example.org. The current editors are happy to talk to prospective
candidates and the role.
The closing date for applications is 15 th March 2020. Interviews will be held in April/May 2020 in
London or by videoconference. It is envisaged that the successful candidate(s) will work alongside
the current Editors for a period, and officially take up the post of Editor(s) in September 2020. The
term of office in the first instance is 5 years.
BMJ advances healthcare worldwide by sharing knowledge and expertise to improve experiences
and outcomes. Along with our renowned flagship title, The BMJ, we also offer over 70 specialty
journals and a world leading collection of digital professional development resources. Our unique
digital tools help healthcare professionals support decision and improve the quality of delivery.
About the Health Foundation
The Health Foundation is an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and
healthcare for people in the UK. Our aim is a healthier population, supported by high quality healthcare that can be equitably accessed. From giving grants to those working at the front line to carrying out research and policy analysis, we shine a light on how to make successful change happen.
We use what we know works on the ground to inform effective policymaking and vice versa.
We believe good health and healthcare are key to a flourishing society. Through sharing what we
learn, collaborating with others and building people’s skills and knowledge, we aim to make a
difference and contribute to a healthier population.